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Links for 6.5.10: What follow are the links for 6.5.10

*Food: I will highly recommend the cherry mash, available at Minneapolis’ Sugar Sugar.

*BLOGS: The Paris Review is now blogging. Plimpton. Funny word.

*Prison: You know that prisoners type, right? Do you know what they type on? CLEAR PLASTIC TYPEWRITERS from Swintec. This is incredibly awesome, if you can get past the incarceration part.

*Baseball: Wilco has started sponsoring Little League teams.

*Cooking: These tongs look like a microphone. Remember Eat Me Daily? Back when it was being written every two or three days or so? Yeah. Great times.

*Beverages: The Beer-Friendly Hoodie. Maybe this should have gone under fashion.

*Sounds: This may or may not be the voice of Oscar Wilde. IN REAL AUDIO. Just as the literary Gods would have wanted. [mefi]

*The Internet: Clay Shirky writes for the Wall Street Journal, asking “Does the Internet Make You Smarter?”

*Music: Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon performs “Death Letter Blues” with an old band of his, The Shouting Matches. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually been to the Stereogum site, and WOW. Just wow. The background has wowwed me.

*Consumer electronics: Nokia has a device that harnesses the energy from a bicycle to charge a cellphone. I want one of these that would work with my phone.

*Media: The fact that many movies and television shows use the same prop newspaper has been making the blog rounds lately, but it’s worth linking to, regardless.

*First Avenue: Local rock club First Ave whitewashed the band name-bearing stars painted on the outside of their building. Originally, the rumor was that all of the stars would be coming back. Now, it looks like 100 bands will lose their stars. I don’t even HAVE a star.

*Today’s links: F.

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Links for 9.5.09: ALL CAPS, Sub Pop sneakers, 8-bit wine

*Type: Caps lock can get you fired. See what I did there? I could have, and probably should have, used all caps for dramatic effect. But I zagged. It’s a habit. I also let it mellow, but that’s a different habit and an entirely different topic. And an unsavory one at that. Someone please stop my fingers from typing. [richardovich]

*Fashion: Indie athletes? Buy Sub Pop sneakers! I got this link from STEREOGUM. How long has it been since I linked to Stereogum? I bet it’s been months. And I’m pretty religious about noting where shit comes from.

*Drinks: 8-bit Vintners is a winemaking facility for nerds. I wish there were a way for me to convey to you how true that previous sentence is. Without begging. I’ve done what I can here.

*Apps: T-Pain’s autotune iPhone app is the talk of the internet right now. Imagine me saying that in an autotune voice. If you don’t know my voice, imagine a fat guy talking into an empty coffee can.

*Data: Google, in their quest to organize the world’s information, has now made it easier for Americans to monitor key domestic financial trends. It’s pretty gorgeous.

*Delightful: Please read this spellchecked version of Jabberwocky. There is something to be said here, I think, about the Jorge Luis Borges’ story “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” and also about modern techno-corporate lobotomization. I am particularly interested in lobotomies right now. Not sure why. Not sure why. Not sure why. Not sure why. Hello! [harper’s]

*Grade: F

Links for 3.24.09: Hipster Depression, vodka gummis, Neil Young…

*Economy: Forget the recession, there’s a Hipster Depression. With beards. And toenails, I’m sure.

*Photographs: Wired snapped a bunch of pictures at SXSW. Now they’re asking you to guess – Band or Fan? Poor parallelism! [murketing]

*Cooking: If you like vodka and gummi bears, you will love making your own vodka gummi bears. You could also just buy a huge bag of gummi bears and a bottle of vodka. [neatorama]

*Newspapers: Examine this NYT visualization of newspapers size and indicating the dire straits some are in. Also, here’s a list of newspapers the Silicon Alley Insider thinks will survive the financial meltdown. I don’t mean to sound unappreciative, but I don’t appreciate the Star Tribune at all. OK, I meant to say that. [waxy]

*Twitter: A song about Twitter. On a blog. Reading those words, I hate the English language for its flexibility. And myself. [shorties] Also, check out this list of the 50 Best Rock Star Twitters from Stereogum. Also, I’ve been following @arjunbasu, one of the subjects of this article, for several monhts. What he’s doing works.

*Music: The Neil Young Archives, long talked about, will open up for superfans in early June. The details are here. [daily loper]

*Today’s links: D+. Not enough quips. Or interesting shit. Pass the gummi bears.

Links for 12.22.08: Music’s short tail, Hulu for music, 2008’s best new words…

*The Long Tail: According to one study, 10M out of 13M digitally available tracks didn’t sell a single copy last year. Look. It’s complicated. [hypebot]

*Vizzies: Check out FlowingData’s list of the top 5 data visualizations of the year. Close readers of the listenerd will note that we’ve covered two of them previously – one Radiohead music video and one visualization using scrobbled Last.fm data.

*Lists: Stereogum’s list of its most-downloaded MP3s of the year surprised me. Marnie Stern at #1 and Yeasayer at #3. Huh.

*Business: Are the major labels trying to put together a Hulu for music? I think it’s funny that Hulu has made it to the point of being a model for something else, even though its grip is no doubt tenuous right now. And you’ll notice not much is trying to be a “Joost for _____” at this point.

*Advertising: Local Hmongs to Burger King (RE: their Burger Virgin campaign): We have seen hamburgers before.

*Words: The NY Times Ideas blog goes on the hunt for the top neologisms of 2008, suggesting staycation (a favorite, for better or worse, at my day job), edupunk and twi-hard.

*Blogs: I applied the Typealyzer, a supposed tool to analyze the personality type of a blogger, to the listenerd several weeks ago and the results were so far off, I didn’t even share them. I’ve seen many other sites link to Typealyzer since then, so I figured I’d revisit. I gotta tell you: I couldn’t come up with anything more wrong. Analysis says the author of the blog is an ESFP – entertaining, friendly, and conflict avoidant. Honestly, I’m trying to figure out a worse description of me than this one, but I almost can’t. Also, I’m bald.

*Quips: Read these four quips. [twitter]

*Trips: Soon I will be leaving this blog for a bit as I travel to the land of the WATERSMEET NIMRODS. I’ll bring something awesome back. (Beer, probably.)

Links for 10.25.08: Dying quotations, candy corn blogs and SKOGGINS

*Trends: Quotation marks are “out.” Says the angry writer: “The refusal to make a firm distinction between speech and interior reflection can also evoke a hermetic worldview.” Wow, someone woke up with a stick up his ass. (Wait. Who said that?)

*Web 2.0: a site called SKOGGINS helps indie bands fill in slots in their tours. I have a friend named Mark Skogen. He’s about 6′ 6″. Despite that fact, SKOGGINS. [mashable]

*Halloween: If you wanna dress like a musician, please choose one of these. Or at least don’t be Bono. (Or just go with sexy Halloween. That would also be fine.) [coudal]

*Playlists: Ryan Adams listens to Mariah. She’s on fiah. As am I, apparently.

*Food: Sweet Candy Corn is a blog about candy corn. Today, I fucked up my blood sugar so bad after eating some candy corn, I had to lie face down for 15 minutes praying. [neatorama]

*Hardware: Holy crap, these Magno wooden radios look awesome.

*Instruments: The Martin D-28 guitar: Learn it, play it.

Links for 8.29.08: Fuck That Band, Dylan’s harmonica, Guitar Hero movie?

*Law: Former Guns ‘N Roses’ guitarist Slash comments on the arrest of the guy who leaked some songs from “Chinese Democracy”: “I hope he rots in jail.” Ouch. [pee-fork]

*Videogames: Is there a Brett Ratner Guitar Hero movie in the works? If so, David Cross seems like a shoe-in to play the blue button. (I have no real idea what that even means.)

*Video: The IFC has recorded some discussions about the state of independent music in 2008; included among commentators are that nice lady from Idolator. And some other people. [more at IFC]

*Anger management: FuckThatBand.com. A music community for the haters. [metalsucks]

*Harmonica news: Bob Dylan has a line of Hohner harmonicas coming out.

*Off topic: Combining many of my favorite things, including facial hair, grooming and jewelry is the Mustache Comb Necklace. Also Mustache Comb Necklace is like the definition of word salad. [uncrate]

*Embarrassed and annoyed: OK, I was trying to read this one site (here often referred to as “Universal Music Group,” elsewhere referred to as “Stereogum”) at a Caribou Coffee in my neighborhood. (Yes, I still read Stereogum sometimes and I occasionally work from chain coffee stores.) Anyway, turns out Stereogum is totally dirty, I guess, because I got blocked.

Links for 6.21.08: Girl Talk’s +/-, top albums of the last 25 years, exploring the Afronaut…

*Stereogum (Universal) interviews Greg Gillis about the new “Feed the Animals” Girl Talk album: “I only had one guy on my MySpace talking shit, so that was cool.” (Off topic: I am fascinated by the usage of “my MySpace” vs. “my MySpace page.”)

*On the flip side: The New Republic brings the hate against such sampling: “It is a colossal mistake to coerce an expression of others into an expression of ourselves.” (For what it’s worth, this blog is nothing but a remix of my feedreader and e-mail inbox. Also, coercing the expression of others into the expression of ourselves is the basis of language.) [catbird seat]

*Lists: Entertainment Weekly‘s take on the top albums from 1983-2008: #1. Purple Rain, #12. Stankonia. [largehearted boy]

*Afronauts: Slate asks why so many black musicians have been obsessed with outer space. I am reluctant to admit that I didn’t even know David Bowie was black. [fluxtumblr]

*Japanese youths flip for mini-karaoke. [ypulse]

*Lily Allen posts a chunk of a new song on her MySpace page. Refreshing in that it is not a difficult-to-understand blog post.

*Video: Low + “You May Need a Murderer” from Pitchfork.tv. I have a hard time embedding Pitchfork.tv videos. Due to my own incompetence.

*The Shins are leaving SubPop and self-releasing their next album. Also, they will change your life. Or so I hear. [universal]

Links for 6.7.08: Last.fm’s loss, Girl Talk’s deal, KISS’ funeral…

*Warner Music Group has pulled its music from Last.fm. I’m sad.

*In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones writes about pitch-correcting Auto-Tune. Cher’s “Believe” was Auto-Tune’s coming out party. Who knew? Get it? With the “coming out” thing? Hi.

*The next Girl Talk album, “Animals” will be a pay-what-you-want affair. He’s stealing, you can, too? [daily swarm]

*The KISS coffin: This isn’t just for Gene Simmons. You can buy one, too. [metalsucks]

*Chuck D: “Governments are the cancer of civilization.”

*The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra schedules a video game symphony. Don’t call it pandering. Unless you like classical music or something. [kotaku]

*This is what an indie music grudge match looks like. From the comments: “You guys should meet up for brunch on Sunday in your best NorthFace jackets to discuss this.”

*Local: Nick Swardson, of “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” fame, gets covered by Vulture and the NYT. Side note: I worked with his mom, who was a freelance editor. Not uproarious, but ok.

Links for 5.20.08: Napster’s music store, Exes cassettes, the top MP3 blogs…

*Napster puts its 6 million song catalog on sale as DRM-free tracks, at a price of $.99 apiece.

*Cassette from My Ex. A blog that a lets people wax rhapsodic over mix tapes from their exes from back in the day. [tons of effers]

*Chuck Klosterman on super fans: Who are your fans that care too much? [everyone]

*Read a long interview with Ali Hewson, Bono’s wife, who must be the most patient, understanding woman in the world. (I really do not like Bono.) [music filter]

*Light my fire: Zippo + mp3 player = The Zarva Zippo MP320. [crave via daily swarm]

*Rolling Stone names its favorite MP3 blogs. Who knew these dudes even had broadband? [lucas gonze]

*Death Cab for Cutie is blogging over at Stereogum. Who’s the sellout now? No, really. Who is? Which of these parties? Hello?

*Coachella attendance was down 30,000 this year. [digital music news]

*The Rolly, Sony’s batshit crazy MP3 player, has finally come to the U.S.

*Off topic video: The science behind getting hit in the nuts. (Just because the recent flying wang post went over so well.) [spincity]

Links for 5.5.08: Cyrus’ tweens, dating indie chicks, Bach’s back…

*Dating the women of indie rock. The cons of dating Ms. Cat Power: “Is crazy. Emotional volatility means that she requires higher maintenance than a Volkswagen Jetta.” [jim ray]

*Holy fucking awesome: The Black Oven is a heavy metal cooking blog. [getty images]

*You have most likely heard: The Slip = more freebies from NIN.

*Tweens don’t really care about Miley Cyrus’ naked back appearing on Vanity Fair, says Ad Age. [ypulse]

*Sebastian Bach is going emo. Previously, as you may recall, he went hip-hop on MTV.

*Ars weighs in with kind of a non-story about Merlin, the virtual 5th major music label, and its 12,000 indie acts. The one nugget: it’s working with MySpace on the social network’s coming music offering.

*Universal Music Group buys AbsolutePunk? How long until Merlin comes around offering the listenerd $2/post?

*The Deftones are blogging. [vicarious]

*RUMOR: Scott Stereogum is really still running Stereogum. Also: Bat Boy Gives Birth to 100-year-old Martian (or similar Weekly World News headline). [daily swarm]

*Off topic: Sorry I missed your party. The opposite of Cobrasnake. How many other opposite sites are out there just waiting to be created? [buzzfeed]

*Off topic: I like both Twitter and Someecards. [laughing squid]

Links for 4.19.08: CBGB’s fate, Kanye’s lust, graffiti’s taxonomy…

*Hypebot on record labels (like Universal) buying (traditionally) editorial web channels (like Stereogum). More interesting when considering this as a backdrop.

*For the thin slice of the venn diagram who love both graffiti and taxonomy (I am among them): Graffiti Taxonomy. [neatorama]

*What has replaced CBGB is a John Varvatos boutique.

*Videogames: Cello Challenge. [kotaku]

*Kanye West says that prolonged breastfeeding as a child has fueled his love for big-breasted women. The next Freud? [parent dish]

*Mash Muxtape with Coverflow. [spin city]

*From Music Thing: 25 Ways to Kill a Piano. With fantastic YouTube support.

*SEE: Shepard Fairey political poster parodies. [eyeteeth]

Links for 4.18.08: Wuchess, the nerdic language, Iverson’s Zune

*Tomorrow is Record Store Day. I only buy records from garage sales, but that’s my problem.

*There will be a special edition Allen Iverson Zune. I guess they are still cranking them out. [crave]

*Def Leppard’s latest single will debut via Guitar Hero III. I guess they are still cranking them out.

*Akon has been exaggerating his arrest record. In reality, he has only been convicted of ONE felony. ONE.

*RZA (formerly of the Wu-Tang Clan) is launching Wuchess, a network that lets chess enthusiasts battle each other head-to-head online. [billboard]

*Nerdic: SUPPOSEDLY the fastest growing language in the world. W00t? [textually]

*Sort of off-topic: Zappos, one of the world’s greatest retailers (primarily of shoes), will begin selling consumer electronics. [boing boing gadgets]

*Henceforth, just as Paper Thin Walls is always referenced as [Getty Images] on the listenerd, Stereogum and Idolator will be identified as (some form of) [Universal Music Group]. This is the sort of faux-cleverness I dislike in others, but cannot help but indulge in myself. Thank you.

*Tech: I have a twine account now. I don’t know what to do with it. In the least. (I am username: joshkimball on twine.) Thank you.

Links for 4.17.08: the listenerd’s independence, Amazon’s shoppers, Foxy’s freedom, a bunch of off-topic items…

*The listenerd is not owned in all or in part by Universal Music Group. I’m just saying. To make a point, sure. But it’s still “just sayin’.”

*Most new Amazon MP3 music buyers didn’t switch over from iTunes.

*Scarlett Johansson’s new album of Tom Waits covers has apparently been leaked on Imeem. [listening post]

*Foxy Brown to be let out of jail this week? I know you’ve been waiting.

*Local design firm Aesthetic Apparatus (whose Shrinkin’ Lincoln graces my living room) did the overleaf thingy for Esquire magazine’s music edition.

*Techish: Michael Arrington on Twitter. People. [waxy]

*I have a lot of pretty OK links now, but only a little time to blog them. Fuckers.

Links for 3.30.08: 50 Cent’s soc net, Stereogum’s sale, bands’ brands

*Check out this BrandWeek article about big-brand concert sponsorship being on the rise.

*ThisIs50: 50 Cent has a social network. (Huh. And I thought he was retiring.) [mashable]

*Stereogum gets bought again? [paid content]

*The Times covers R.E.M., who’s trying to do things differently this time around (releasing their latest album on iLike, etc.), but still sounds really boring to me. Hi. I’m sorry.

*WAIT. Am I the last to know that Panic! At the Disco lost the exclamation point?!?!?!?!?1/1/1/111